February 14, 2019

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan – Features and Eligibility

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan a Rs.3,000 monthly pension scheme will be launched from 15th February 2019. Let us see its features and eligibility.

You may be aware that during the Budget 2019, Finance Ministry announced this Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan. The same is now going to be implemented from 15th February 2019.

Eligibility for Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan

The below cateogy people are eligible for this pension.

  • Monthly income should be Rs.15,000 or less than that.
  • Age should be between 18 years to 40 years.
  • They should not be covered under the schemes like New Pension Scheme (NPS), Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) scheme or Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
  • They should not be Income Tax Payer.
  • Their profession is like home-based workers, street vendors, mid-day meal workers, head loaders, brick kiln workers, cobblers, rag pickers, domestic workers, washermen, rickshaw pullers, landless laborers, own account workers, agricultural workers, construction workers, beedi workers, handloom workers, leather workers, audio-visual workers.

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Features

# Minimum Pension– Each subscriber under the PM-SYM, shall receive minimum assured pension of Rs.3000/- per month after attaining the age of 60 years.

# Family Pension– During the receipt of pension, if the subscriber dies, the spouse of the beneficiary shall be entitled to receive 50% of the pension received by the beneficiary as family pension. Family pension is applicable only to spouse.

If a beneficiary has given regular contribution and died due to any cause (before age of 60 years), his/her spouse will be entitled to join and continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution or exit the scheme as per provisions of exit and withdrawal. 

# Matching contribution by the Central Government – PM-SYM is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme on a 50:50 basis where prescribed age-specific contribution shall be made by the beneficiary and the matching contribution by the Central Government as per the chart. For example, if a person enters the scheme at an age of 29 years, he is required to contribute Rs 100/ – per month till the age of 60 years. An equal amount of Rs 100/- will be contributed by the Central Government.

# Default of Contributions-If a subscriber has not paid the contribution continuously he/she will be allowed to regularize his contribution by paying entire outstanding dues, along with penalty charges, if any, decided by the Government.

# Pension Pay out-Once the beneficiary joins the scheme at the entry age of 18-40 years, the beneficiary has to contribute till 60 years of age. On attaining the age of 60 years, the subscriber will get the assured monthly pension of Rs.3000/- with benefit of family pension, as the case may be. 

How much you have to contribute in Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan?

The subscriber’s contributions to PM-SYM shall be made through ‘auto-debit’ facility from his/ her savings bank account/ Jan- Dhan account. The subscriber is required to contribute the prescribed contribution amount from the age of joining PM-SYM till the age of 60 years. The chart showing details of entry age-specific monthly contribution is as under.

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan contribution chart

How to enroll for Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan?

The subscriber will be required to have a mobile phone, savings bank account and Aadhaar number. The eligible subscriber may visit the nearest CSCs and get enrolled for PM-SYM using Aadhaar number and savings bank account/ Jan-Dhan account number on self-certification basis.

Later, facility will be provided where the subscriber can also visit the PM-SYM web portal or can download the mobile app and self-register using Aadhar number/ savings bank account/ Jan-Dhan account number on self-certification basis.

The enrolment will be carried out by all the Community Service Centers (CSCs).  The unorganised workers may visit their nearest CSCs along with their Aadhar Card and Savings Bank account passbook/Jandhan account and get registered themselves for the Scheme.  Contribution amount for the first month shall be paid in cash for which they will be provided with a receipt.

All the branch offices of LIC, the offices of ESIC/EPFO and all Labour offices of Central and State Governments will facilitate the unorganised workers about the Scheme, its benefits and the procedure to be followed, at their respective centers. 

Who will manage the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Fund?

PM-SYM will be a Central Sector Scheme administered by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India and CSCs. LIC will be the Pension Fund Manager and responsible for Pension pay out.  The amount collected under PM-SYM pension scheme shall be invested as per the investment pattern specified by the Government of India.

How to exit or withdraw from Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan?

Considering the hardships and erratic nature of employability of these workers, the exit provisions of scheme have been kept flexible. Exit provisions are as under:

  • In case subscriber exits the scheme within a period of less than 10 years, the beneficiary’s share of contribution only will be returned to him with savings bank interest rate.
  • If subscriber exits after a period of 10 years or more but before superannuation age i.e. 60 years of age, the beneficiary’s share of contribution along with accumulated interest as actually earned by fund or at the savings bank interest rate whichever is higher.
  • If a beneficiary has given regular contributions and died due to any cause, his/ her spouse will be entitled to continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution or exit by receiving the beneficiary’s contribution along with accumulated interest as actually earned by fund or at the savings bank interest rate whichever is higher.
  • If a beneficiary has given regular contributions and become permanently disabled due to any cause before the superannuation age, i.e. 60 years, and unable to continue to contribute under the scheme, his/ her spouse will be entitled to continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution or exit the scheme by receiving the beneficiary’s contribution with interest as actually earned by fund or at the savings bank interest rate whichever is higher.
  • After the death of subscriber as well as his/her spouse, the entire corpus will be credited back to the fund.
  • Any other exit provision, as may be decided by the Government on advice of NSSB.

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan – Is it worth?

I know that it is a election gimmick. Rather than launching one more pension scheme, if the Government added certain features in the existing pension schemes like NPS or APY, then it might added a value.

Assume that one is around 30 years of age today. Then what will be the value of Rs.3,000 once he reaches to 60 years of age? Let us assume that the inflation rate at minimal 6%, then the monthly pension he receive at 60 years of age will be equal to today’s Rs.522. In what sense today one can survice with meager Rs.522 (whether it is in city or village)?

Also, this scheme failed to understand the severity of inflation a retiree has to face during his retirement age. Because this scheme provides the constant Rs.3,000 throughout his retirment age. Hence, again there is a value depreciation as he grow older.

I know that it may be best to those who has NOTHING. But at least Government should think twice of what will be the value of Rs.3,000 once someone reaches the retirement age. It is up to an individual to consider this scheme.

19 Comments

  1. There is one doubt. After attaining the age of 60, if both husband and wife dies, will the corpus be given to the nominees? It is mentioned in the Govt website that the corpus will be credit back to the fund. This is not clear. Please clarify.

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  2. Hi Basu sir, Thanks for the article it was really good that we understood how it works. Now, we can suggest this to some small labors around us as you explained us in simple words. I agree it might not be in par with inflation but as this is targeted to very much day earning poor class, it can help them one or other way. Off course final decision is left to individual

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    • Dear Sat,
      Thanks for your kind words. Yes, it may be helpful for lower income group.

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  3. Dear Basav Ji
    Information shared is very helpful .
    If a person adopts the scheme at 40 , he will be contributing Rs 200/pm (an amount equal to mobile recharge ) total contribution
    shall be appx Rs 118000 ( assuming 8 % interest for 20 yrs ).
    Getting pension of Rs 3000 /PM will be a nice help to the person .

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    • Dear Suresh,
      When he reaches 60 years of age, the same monthly Rs.3,000 may be the cost of his such personal costs (like mobile recharge or something else). How this can help an individual to sustain his life during his old age?

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      • 3000 ki 20 saal baad cost 930 hogi. 200 invest kiya hai mahine ka . Bahute achchhi scheme hai… 20 saal tak 200 hi month ka jama karna hai , lekin person ki income badhegi to investment bhi badha deni chahiye

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        • Dear Rajinder,
          I think you did not understand the concept of how inflation impact especially for the goals like retirement. Rest is left with you to decide.

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  4. I liked your article, but not agreeing with your opinion. person giving 100 Rs. and getting 36000 Rs. per year. Can you suggest any LIC scheme like this available. for a family with husband and wife, they can get 72000 Rs. per year, with just small premium.

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    • Dear Jitendra,
      WHY LIC? Why not other options? Come out from the mindset of LIC.

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      • Mr. Basu, People like you and me are still fighting to educate people, anyhow I like your blog.

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        • 4 – 5 hazaar rupay mahine ke kamane wale ko mutual fund se kya lena.. bahute achchhi scheme nikali hai sarkar ne. Varna to gareeb ka koi sochta hi nahi hai

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          • Dear Rajinder,
            I never said that such low earning people MUST invest in mutual funds. It is your presumption.

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            • Thanks sir. Your blog is very helpful to me & other people’s , also i shared your blog in what’s app and other platforms …

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  5. Nice description….Must say that modi gov is showing bright moon in their hands to poor people… I 100% agree with you that inflation will affect to any investment. This scheme is similar to Atal pension scheme. Modi Gov is expert in fooling people.

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  6. Very informative thanks.

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